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Why do children need boundaries?

Lynne Kenney
Psychology
Children need boundaries in order to feel safe, nurtured and loved. Whether a boundary is internal, related to our thoughts and feelings, or external, related to how we manage the space in our relationships, boundaries are central to our emotional and physical development.

There are many instances of external boundary-setting that are designed not only to maintain health and peace within a family, but also to help children develop internal self-control. It can help them establish expectations in their interpersonal relationships, and to be able to self-set behavioral boundaries based on the circumstances and norms of any given setting.

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